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A couple in their late 20's came into the store the other day. It was late in the day and the store was relatively empty so it was just the three of us with the cheese case separating us. They approached the counter and she said, "We've never tasted cheese before. May we try brie?" Imagine that. Imagine having the courage to approach a counter with 250 cheeses and confess ignorance and a willingness to try what many would consider a simple cheese. I thought it was the best question I ever heard behind the counter. Dutifully, I gave them a sample and their response was, "It's wonderful!" Now we all were smiling. They purchased a small amount and went on their way.
I relayed this story to a friend and he noted that brie is wonderful - and amazing. He's right. All too often we want the newest or latest cheese. We constantly want to push the envelope and expand our horizons. Now there's nothing wrong with trying something new - our friendly couple sure didn't' have a problem with it - but there is also nothing wrong with trying something 'old'. Huzzah to brie!
See you at the store
The Seattle Cheese Festival is coming soon! May 14th and 15th are this year's dates. This is our 7th year as host of this renowned event and we're happy to say it will be our best. As well as the hundreds of cheeses to sample, we will offer a Wine Garden, Fresh Mozzarella-Making Demonstrations, Chef Demonstrations and fascinating Educational Seminars.
In addition, we are conducting our annual Grilled Cheese Sandwich Contest. Winner gets fame and an opportunity to present the winning recipe on stage at the Chef Demo booth. Local chefs will compete for your vote of their version of the grilled cheese sandwich as they participate in our Cheese Fest Best event. And that's not all! DeLaurenti will have a booth on the street dedicated to selling our favorite grilled cheese sandwich. All the information is at seattlecheesefestival.com so check it out. Finally, we are always looking for wonderful volunteers at the Cheese Festival. A cool t-shirt and good feeling are the rewards. Sign-ups are at the site.